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Announcement of 100 ICCR Cultural Scholarships Slots under the General Scholarship Scheme (A1209) for the academic year 2021-22

ICCR is pleased to announce 100 scholarship slots under the ICCR Scholarship Scheme for Indian Culture (A1209) at Indian Universities/Institutes in the Academic Year 2021-22.

This scholarship scheme was known until last academic year as "Scholarship scheme for Dance and music". 

ICCR has decided to expand the scope of the scholarship scheme by renaming it as "ICCR Scholarship Scheme for Indian Culture" encompassing wider facets of Indian culture not just limited to dance and music but also to performing art, theatre, sculpture, Indian cuislne, etc. The scholarship will also provide international airfare to students. 

In all, there are 100 slots available for global applicants under this scholarship. The admission applications from interested students for academic year 202l-22 will be invited online through ICCR'S A2A Scholarship portal http://a2ascholarships.iccr.qov.in . The A2A Scholarship Portal will be operational from 15th March 2021 for foreigners applying for admission.

Applicants will now have the option to apply to 5 Universities / Institutes in the order of their preference of study. The admission, as far as possible, shall be given as per applicant's preference. However, there may be a situation when students do not get admission in their preferred Universities/Institutes due to limited number of seats on offer. Rejected candidates will be intimated by Universities.

For AY 2021-22, a 500-word essay in English has been introduced to ascertain English Proficiency. Besides, students can also submit their TOFEL/ IELTS etc. Standardised Test scores, if available. Rejected candidates will be intimated by Universities.

Interested students are advised to visit university / institute website and do thorough research of courses offered, eligibility criteria and general information about the university / institute before applying for admission. The students should ensure that they are eligible for the course and meet the eligibility criteria and should submit relevant documentation as required by the Universities in addition to the basic certificates mentioned in the application form. They should always refer to the Universities Handbook / University Grants Commission's website and the concerned university / institute's website for eligibility criteria etc.


1. Age : Applicants should have attained a minimum age of 18 years at the time of admission in Indian Universities / Institutes and not more than 30 years of age.

2. General : Applicants who are serious in studying in India must apply. They must be having no serious health problems, have not submitted incomplete / fraudulent documentation, in case of which their selection procedure will automatically be deemed as cancelled.

3. Medical Insurance : compulsory personal medical insurance is a mandatory requirement for availing of ICCR's scholarship. It is compulsory for all ICCR scholarship students to procure Medical Insurance policy with minimum sum assured for Indian Rupees Five Lakhs which is equivalent to US$6800 per annum. Applicants are advised that to ensure, they must have medical insurance coverage on their own either before travel or immediately after reaching India, whatever is convenient to students. Students can purchase medical insurance from any of the insurance companies of their choice. However to facilitate students, A2A Portal has two insurance companies for referral purpose. Applicants are advised to be aware of the change in medical insurance policy. ICCR has uploaded the revised norms on its A2A Portal.

4. Familiarization with India : It is essential for the applicants to have a realistic assessment of India, and of the living conditions in the country's educational institutions. ICCR may amend some provisions of scholarships from time to time and it is incumbent on students to accept the revised norms.

5. Accommodation and Security : ICCR advises students to stay in hostel, if available. However, students are allowed to stay in private accommodation if the concerned institute does not insist on staying in their hostel.

6. Detailed Information : Detailed guidelines on the process of applying for ICCR Scholarships online on the A2A Portal and the procedure and norms governing the same is given on the www.a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in .

AYUSH scholarship scheme

Government of India through Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) offers scholarships to foreign nationals to pursue various Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homoeopathy (AYUSH) courses in India. Acceptance of AYUSH at international level has resulted in growing demand from foreign students to study n Indian Institutions. The Ministry of AYUSH under its 'International Fellowship Programme’ extends financial support to the eligible foreign nationals for undertaking AYUSH degree courses in premier Institutes in India. Detailed guidelines on the process of applying for ICCR Scholarships online on the A2A Portal and the procedure and norms governing the same are given on the portal www.a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in  External website that opens in a new window

Applicants should be 18 years old at the time of admission in Indian Universities/ Institutes.

For the accademic year 2020-2021, 50 scholarships are offered for all countries in UG and PG in Ayurveda, Unani,  Siddha & Homoeopathy, B.Sc in Yoga, BA Yoga Shastra, Ph.D in Yoga and Ph.D in Ayurveda

For information, please contact us atr cultural.rome@mea.gov.in   

Offer of four (04) scholarships for Italian students for the academic year 2020-2021

The Government of India under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is offering four (04) graduate / post-graduate / PhD level scholarships for Italian students for the academic year 2018-2019 within the framework of the Executive Programme of Cultural Cooperation between India and Italy.
The scholarships include enrollment and course fees, besides a fixed amount of living expenses. The scholarships are granted for the full duration of the course. The prospective candidates may please note that the selected candidates for the courses (i) under the CEP/ EEP Scholarship Scheme of ICCR; and (ii) under the ICCR Scholarship Scheme for Indian Music and Dance, will have to bear their airfare to India and back on their own.
Applicants are requested to log onto “Admissions to Alumni” (A2A), the Scholarship Portal developed by ICCR athttp://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in/ This portal contains all the relevant information for the applicants including details of all State Universities, Central Universities and Institutes, colleges affiliated with them, courses available, availability of hostels, applications guidelines, eligibility criteria and other relevant information for helping the applicants in decision making while applying for the academic courses of their preference.
Please carefully note the following:

  1. Applications should be submitted latest by 31st January 2020 through the online application mechanism.
  2. Applications should be complete in every detail. Kindly read the guidelines on the portal.
  3. Short-listed candidates will have to appear for an English Proficiency Exam conducted at the Embassy of India, Rome on a suitable date in the first half of February 2020. The applicants will be informed of the date of the English Test through email separately.
  4. Applicants should clearly mention the course to which they are seeking admission while mentioning choices.
  5. Applicants are advised to go through the courses offered by the Universities carefully before finally submitting the application form. List of Universities where ICCR students are currently studying are available in “Admissions to Alumni” (A2A) Portal
  6. ICCR does not award scholarship for MBBS/BDS courses and Casual Research/Diplomas/Short-term courses.
  7. Applicant must produce a medical fitness certificate from the recognized hospital in the prescribed format available with the online application form.
  8. Students applying for M.Phil/Doctoral/Post-Doctoral courses should submit a synopsis along with the application.
  9. Students wishing to pursue performing arts should upload Video/Audio/YouTube link
  10. An applicant should have studied mathematics, physics and chemistry at Higher Secondary level to be eligible for admission to science/engineering courses
  11. Submission of application form does not guarantee confirmed admission.
  12. Indian Universities/ Educational institutions are autonomous and independent bodies and have their own eligibility criteria on the basis of which they confirm admissions.

The prospective candidates are requested to inform this Embassy at cultural.rome@mea.gov.in immediately after they have successfully uploaded their applications on the ICCR’s A2A Portal.
For any further queries, interested students should contact the Information & Culture Section of the
Embassy of India in Roma by email to cultural.rome@mea.gov.in   and fscpv.rome@mea.gov.in